To wear Vetivert Body Balm is a little like belonging to a secret society. Vetivert isn’t flashy—instead, she makes her presence known in a gradual, evocative way. As a scent, she is unique, slightly underground, and wholly distinctive—but if you know her, you will always recognize her. Those who love her love her. In fact, her devotees might not want to talk about her because she’s become such an intimate element of their identity, their character.
We’ve known Vetivert to spawn a love connection between two strangers on the street. She’s transformed In Fiore virgins into die-hard enthusiasts. She’s soothed, seduced, and surprised in equal measure. She’s one of our favorites. So, what is it, exactly, about Vetivert that makes her so undeniably obsession-worthy? Read on to our fourth installment of Transport Yourself Through Scent to find out.
Vetivert is a therapy often used this time of year because she plays such an important role in skin and liver polarity. A circulatory stimulant, she encourages the flow of blood and lymph, aids the movement of fluids in tissues, warms the internal metabolic system (of which the liver is the central organ), and supports the oxygenation of tissues. Upon application Vetivert metamorphoses, strengthening peristalsis in skin and helping to reduce muscle stiffness, making her an exceptional remedy for those who tend to feel cold or suffer from joint discomfort. But at the same time, Vetivert cools the nerve sense system, of which the skin is a key player. If you live in a cold climate, you needn’t worry—this cooling effect is directed towards inflammation, undernourished or atrophic skin, or skin disorders, such as eczema.
Vetivert is a woman’s remedy. Oppression, stress, and unhappiness can burn deeply in a woman, leaving her body and spirit dry and depleted. Clarifying, tonifying, and hydrating, Vetivert supports cellular regeneration and applies an indirect warming and moisturizing action upon the reproductive organs. Known as “the oil of tranquility,” she heals on an emotional, physical, and psychospiritual level, helping to replenish a woman’s juices and restore her inherent feminine lushness.
One of Vetivert’s greatest attributes is her polarity—she’s grounding, calming, and restorative, but also strengthening and uplifting. She fortifies our aural self-defense shield, and is essential during moments of emotional fragility, vulnerability, hyper-sensitivity, betrayal—or if you’re simply feeling hormonal. (It happens). As a facilitator of grounding, calming energy, she aids in the enhancement of awareness of self—"aural toning,” if you will—because as a grounded, calm presence, you’re able to view your world with better clarity and more purpose. And at the start of a new year, what more could you ask for?
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